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Magic Bookshop: Mahjong Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Magic Bookshop: Mahjong

A new fantastic Mahjong adventure awaits you in this epic story!
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Magic Bookshop: Mahjong was available as a giveaway on October 11, 2020!

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A new fantastic Mahjong adventure awaits you in this epic story of the struggle between good and evil! Play as a young elf who travels through an enchanted land. Find magical elixirs to prepare for battle with an evil witch, who holds an entire district against their will. Together with a young elf, visit the mysterious Elven Forest, the Mighty Castle of Knights, as well as the underground City of Dwarves. This is no ordinary mahjong game. Test your skills by collecting pairs of books for whimsical clients. Create and use powerful elixirs to your advantage. Can you defeat the evil witch and save the district?

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.6 GHz; RAM: 512 MB; DirectX: 8.0; Hard Drive: 79 MB





File Size:

45.4 MB



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Magic Bookshop: Mahjong
In Brief
Magic Bookshop: Mahjong is quite an old arcade game evidenced by the slightly pixelated graphic (not so obvious in the images below, but when in game.........). That said the game is an interesting take on Mahjong Solitaire and Time Management games. You can see a video of game play HERE


The Game
Solve the layouts as quickly as possible to get a really high score at the end of the level.

Magic Bookshop: Mahjong is a top tier mahjong game that stands out from the crowd not only because it executes the gameplay aspect to a point near perfection but also because it comes with a really distinct theme that’s unlike any other seen before in the genre. Overall, the game has a lot of enjoyable moments to offer and is certainly capable of keeping anyone who tries it out entertained for countless hours.

Upon starting off in Magic Bookshop: Mahjong for the first time, you’ll first be introduced to the game’s basics with the help of a tutorial sequence. The tutorial sequence spans itself across the first few levels of the game and does an excellent job of teaching newcomers all the crucial basics. What’s great about the tutorial is the fact that it’s been incorporated into the standard gameplay which means that players will be able to progress through the game while learning about it which is great.



In terms of gameplay, Magic Bookshop: Mahjong plays out like any other mahjong game worth its salt would. First off it’s worth mentioning that there are absolutely no technical difficulties or issues that might hinder the gameplay in any way. Moving further, the method of playing is pretty much the same as the traditional style of mahjong. In order to complete a level you must clear the entire layout of tiles and to do so you must match together the identical ones by clicking on them in succession.

Of course it might sound quite simple on paper but there’s actually a lot more depth to this than meets the eye since there are various kinds of power-ups in the game that are referred to as elixirs and can be used for a variety of helpful tasks. Elixirs can be used to show you the next possible move, to remove a few specified tiles from the playing area or highlight all the tiles that are available for usage. Overall the inclusion of these is much welcomed since they add some much needed depth to the game.



The real highlight of Magic Bookshop: Mahjong without a doubt lies in its top tier visuals and highly distinct theme. Instead of having an eastern setting like your usual run of the mill mahjong game, it instead has a more magic oriented medieval theme that feels quite refreshing and is really pleasing to look at. This theme also means that there are lots of cool magical animations that add a lot of visual flare.

When you download this game for the first time you’ll be able to play it for 60 minutes on a trial basis. When the 60 minutes expire you can purchase it for its usual price which will lift all time restrictions and allow you to play as long as you want.

Magic Bookshop: Mahjong is a fantastic game with high quality game play and a distinct theme that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Edited review accessed HERE 11th October 2020.







Useful Information not related to today's game giveaway
Don't forget to check the giveaway game discussion forums HERE; especially Delenn's threads for non Steam and Steam freebies. You can get Sonic The Hedgehog 2 free on Steam until the 19th October HERE (thanks to Delenn for the heads up yesterday).
The latest Epic Freebies are Abzu an underwater adventure and a massive multiplyer first person shooter called Rising Storm 2: Vietnam. It's been a good week over on Indie Gala, with several more games added to their freebies, for example Theatre of War 3: Korea (you don't require the previous three versions i.e. Centauro, Battle for Caen or Theatre of War, all of which have been removed from the free section; as well as Infinity Imperium and Zombies on a Plane Deluxe. There are also some hentai games that are not suitable for the younger community members (Hentai XXX Plus: Jigsaws Vol 2, Hentai Mosaique Fix-IT Shopp and 3D Waifu - a physical experience/). You can find other free games mentioned previously over the last year or so HERE. All the free games are DRM free, but you do require a free account before you can download them.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)


The link to Sonic the Hedgehog doesn't appear to work , but this could be because I've signed into my Steam account via my browser and for some reason, if you already have the game, it won't open to the Steam store page.


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)


FWIW the full link you've posted above is identical to the one posted on dealnews[.]com, and does work.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Game starts but immediately minimizes to the bottom tool bar. Clicking on it doesn't help, it keeps going to the tool bar! I've had several other games do the same thing, can't figure it out!

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Dunn  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is not highly rated on Big Fish, a hair below average. And only 25% recommended it. But this is deceptive. This is a timed game. No untimed mode. So. those who got bogged down while playing the demo and could not play many levels in an hour gave it a mediocre to bad rating. Partly too, it appears to be those people hadn't delved into/mastered the bonus system, which is meant to provide a partial way around the clock. There is a free play mode, which is also timed but doesn't have the story elements. Not clear from the reviews whether that is easier to play, though probably is, at least a little. The one advantage to it appears to be: You can only unlock the next level on the story mode by completing the last 1. It appears you can hop around in free play. The bottom line, though, is: if you object to timers, this 1 in particular may not be for you, but, if you don't object, or like timed challenges, this appears to have a lot of variety over basic solitaire mahjong going for it.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Bit tricky Windows 10 x64 Pro. Ok d/l & install to D: drive. Upon exit of installation & choosing Run Game, game black screened and the prior window came up in a reduced size. Freaked thinking ah it's borked. Tried game from icon. Ran ok for level one (looks good w/ some diff kinds of game designs to this well worn genre). Still shrunk screen. Ran Windows compat troubleshooter, let it run game. Exited game & now a regular screen size & placement - compat changed to Windows 8. Overall fun game from just short try. Hoping doesn't bomb later. Plays as a young girl but no matter. Minor theme 'story' but it's the match part that is key & nicely done graphics. Get if fan. 9/10 fan. Thanks GOTD & game.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I also downloaded this game 5 times each time i tried to install it told my setup files were corrupted my anti virus was turned off as well as my firewall i've had that happen here before

Reply   |   Comment by michael Iavecchia  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My Win XP PC Specifications :
Windows XP Pro 32bit , Intel Core2Duo E8500 3,16Ghz ,
4 Gb memory (DDR 2) , NVIDIA GeForce GTX460 768Mb .

Downloaded and installed without a problem .

System Requirements : Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10

Using the shortcut created by the installation procedure , the game is not working .
I get the error "not a valid Win32 app" .
I navigated to the installation folder and used the "game.exe" .
The game worked just fine .

Reply   |   Comment by JEDIGEG  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Nice quick and easy download and install. It looks bright and colourful, which always helps, and although I haven't had the chance to test-drive it yet, I shall try to have a go later and report back. It looks cheerful and worth a shot, so far!

Reply   |   Comment by Anona Mouse  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Well, I've given the game a little trial run, and I have to say it's looking very promising. It's not the simple standard kind of Mah Jong where you just grab all the pairs you can find - with this one you have to find particular matches for the waiting customers, which means a spot of quick grabbing of other pairs which are blocking the required pairs from your grasp. It starts relatively slowly, but as more customers come in you have to move faster to keep them happy. There are other things that creep in as the game develops, like recipes and potions, but I haven't explored them very far at the moment. I'd say it's worth downloading if you like Mah Jong games in general - it has some hidden depths too, which you will only find as you travel through the levels. A keeper for me, anyway - thanks to GGAOTD and to Whiterabbit for offering it here today! :-D

Reply   |   Comment by Anona Mouse  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

It seems to be incompatible with Windows 10 and can't even work around it with compatibility mode.

Reply   |   Comment by DelennDax7  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I temporarily disabled my Avast! as per the instructions, and then had no trouble at all installing this game. Although I don't have time to play it right now, I have other Toomky games which are always fun to play and with great graphics, so I'm sure this game will be just as fun.

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is what Google Chrome comes up with, 1st time ever with a GOTD download.

So simple way out of it, I used Microsoft Edge and it downloaded straight away with no problems, looks like I am going to enjoy this game, nice graphics, I always turn music off as it gets a bit boring in my mind, so if you have problems trying to download this game just try a different browser.

Reply   |   Comment by pops  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

It's the third game I can't install, it tells me it can't be downloaded safely.

Reply   |   Comment by Gaby  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)


Hi Gaby, I had the same message, so decided to download it from the other free game site that gives games away here. (Can't mention the name, but I'm sure you know who I mean as they gave us a game yesterday)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Gaby, it's most likely your antivirus software, I changed mine because it kept reporting false negatives and prevented me from accessing games here.

I've been downloading free software from this site for more than 10 years and have never had a virus.

Reply   |   Comment by Harri  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Same here but I can click do it anyway and it is downloaded then and works.

Reply   |   Comment by Anu  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Gaby, I had the same message, so decided to download it with Edge and no problem

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

" it tells me it can't be downloaded safely."

This can be caused by the browser or your security software, and is similar to the built-in warning in Win10 when you try to start some apps. Basically these warnings are saying: "Are you sure you want to do that?", and normally they will let you proceed after you click whatever consent button. Since most people don't have problems, e.g. I've never seen it with a GOTD download, it's more likely your security software, though you could have the browser set to a higher security level also in its settings.

These sorts of warnings can be true or false, similar to security software giving a false positive with some app's file, &/or to your email service's spam filter occasionally blocking email that there's nothing wrong with.

How you proceed when you get one of these warning is up to you... you can investigate further, or not -- you can go ahead anyway, or not.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Just verified, using the latest Edge browser [at default settings], then double checking with a scan using current version of BitDefender -- no problems at all.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Gaby, Google Chrome has started blocking almost everything I try to download. So I tell it to "Keep" the file, then (as I always do) scan it with Malwarebytes and, if still concerned, I double-check by sending it to VirusTotal dot com. My own antivirus (Bitdefender) also checks files as they are downloaded, and when I try to run them. So I find Chrome's intervention an unnecessary waste of time, but it's not a big one.

It would save all of us a lot of time if GOTD and GGOTD would post VirusTotal results for each file they offer, before they encase it in their DRM wrapper. I don't like that I can't really check anything inside the wrapper until it's already installed.

I've had a few things (out of hundreds over many years) from GOTD that contained unwanted stuff, including an odd zip program (AL Zip, I believe) that for some very dumb reason changed the default name of new text files to something else that contained "new" in the title, like Newdelhi.txt -- many different possible titles. That was funny for a few seconds until I spent hours tracking down the cause, and wondered what else they thought it would be funny to change on my PC. Adding software to your PC is like inviting a stranger into your home.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Whiterabbit-uk, I tried that and still cannot download it. Been getting that same message lately, cannot download securely. Really would like to have had this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Naomi  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
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